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How to choose the right wordpress hosting company

As a WordPress blogger, one of the questions I answer often is how to choose the right WordPress hosting company. This is a very crucial question to ask as the choice you make in the beginning can make or break your blogging business in the future.

Moving your blog from one host to another is not a light task. That’s the reason why you have to make a solid choice from the very onset to avoid this dilemma in the future. At this critical phase of building our money making blog, there are a couple of factors to lay on the table to help us make a choice.

– > Reminder

We are on part IV on our journey to building a money making blog. In part I we saw how to choose the right topic to blog on. In part II, we looked at how to choose a good domain name while in part III, we saw some truths about WordPress and Blogger, the main giant scripts in blogging. Concluding part III and based on the factors I brought out, the conclusion was to continue this series with WordPress.

Tips to help choose the right WordPress Hosting company

There is a myriad of webhosting companies today and choosing the most appropriate for your online presence and business definitely is not with a single click of the mouse. There are a couple of things you must do to avoid making the wrong choice. Let’s see some of these factors.

How to choose the right wordpress hosting company

Technical Specifications

The first factor I recommend you pay attention to are the technical specifications of the servers. As a matter of fact, every other thing falls behind this. It’s absolutely a waste buying space on the most stable and cheapest server that is not WordPress compatible. Make sure the server meets the following requirements

  • Have full support for WordPress.
  • Must offer unlimited or large bandwidth.
  • Must have unlimited or considerable disk space
  • Must be scalable – possiblity of upgrading without down time.
  • Up-time must be 99.9% or more.
  • Must be SEO friendly. Server response time below 0.50s
  • Offer third party tools (e.g. CDN,cloud backup) integration facilities and compatibility.
  • High Processor capacity.
  • High Memory capacity.
  • Must have automatic backup facilities.
  • Etc

Customer Service

Customer service is an important factor that must appear on top of the list. A poor support service is foundation for damage. In webhosting, support service must be reached as fast as possible. Taking 24 hours to respond to customer queries is termed slow. A web hosting company must have support tools like toll free numbers and live support. This way, you are sure for an instant reaction when there is a breakdown.

Support staff qualification is another point. While you may not know this by visiting their websites, you can get this information by doing research. If the web hosting company has unqualified staff, you’ll certainly find out.

Reviews and testimonials

People do express themselves online about the quality of service they get from one or two web hosts. Just Google the company name plus reviews (1and1 reviews for instance) you’ll get a page full of materials to help in your decision. The more the bad reviews and complaints, the more careful you should be.

The price tag

While I don’t encourage price to be on top of the list, it’s a factor not to be neglected. Cheap is not always cheap. You may end up paying more in terms of what you get for cheap price. Top quality products have a minimum price and anything below that is pointer to poor quality.

Why I have chosen HostGator

HostGator is definitely one of the premium web hosting companies today.  I have had a green graded experience with them since 2008. I have had shared hosting, Reseller hosting and currently having a dedicated server with them for my local web hosting service. So far, there have been no major issues.

HostGator has 100% support for WordPress (with a one click WordPress installation setup) and easily integrates with  cloud backup, CDN third party services. Given its automatic daily backup of your complete blog, there is hope for a basic level of security.

One distinction is their always-present and qualified support service. While there are often no issues with my packages, the little I have often get resolved by the first support staff who shows up. That’s some what proof of qualification.

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In Part V, I’ll be guiding you through installing your money making WordPress blog from your cPanel with few clicks. If you buy on my link, I can also install and setup your blog for you free of charge.

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Vijay Kumar - October 30, 2016

Hello Muki,
Firstly, I want to say.. thank you very much for this really very useful post. There are many have a big confusion that how to choose hosting company to host their websites?
But, now I thinks that your post is good solution to those bloggers.
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Sriniwas - March 3, 2014

Thanks Enstine! Yeah it is an another important article i have read today regarding wordpress hosting. Awesome article.

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kunal gupta - February 14, 2014

Great article bro !!
Good overview about web hosting companies. I am using Smackhunt right now not much satisfied with it, tell me some other option also.

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Sukanta Sarkar - February 8, 2014

Hello Enstine thank you for this article. Hostgator is best for wordpress hosting

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Khazanah - November 12, 2013

Nice tutorial for newbie who want to choose hosting.
HostGator has good service.

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Atul Kumar Pandey - November 9, 2013

Server response time is what that few of known web host companies only gives. It’s a very going point to notice before going to start blog with a web host. Thanks this post helped me a lot behind the scene of choosing right web hosting company.
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Bashir Ahmed - November 9, 2013

Hi Enstine,

Great write-up bro!

I liked the way you mentioned all the helpful tips for bloggers to choose the right hosting company.

I’d go with you for HostGator. I’ve been using Hostgator since 1 year and I’m satisfied with their service.

Keep up the good work! Best of luck for your blogging series!

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Singh - November 9, 2013

No words, Hostgator is the top hosting provider. I’ve tried hostgator an year ago but after an year i jumped to a local hosting which is kinda cheap.

Soon i’m gonna purchase hostgator share package, thanks for review.
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Elizabeth McGee - November 8, 2013

Hi Enstine,

I have to agree with you on Hostgator. With the recent changes Hostgator has gone through I was beginning to have my doubts about their continued great service. In fact I’ve read about lots of Hostgator clients switching hosts, which I think is jumping the gun a little bit.

I’ve has to swtich hosting services a number of times in the past and believe me it’s not fun, you want to avoid that if you can. But the fact is that no hosting company is perfect. Granted some are much better than others, but in the top ranking hosts, they’re all about the same when it comes to ranking. I use to work for a data center and they’re all going to upgrade, get new software, change management or suffer power outages at one time or another.

I look for good support when I need it. That’s what matters to me and Hostgator has given me that. Especially earlier this week when I had a problem with my blog that was infected with some malware. Hostgator removed it quickly and I was back up an running with Google in a matter of a few hours.

Blessings,
Liz
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    Enstine Muki - November 9, 2013

    Good to hear that you get what you need with Hostgator
    Yes, I’m aware of the change.That has not had any negative impact on the much needed support service yet. While things are still as good as before, there is no reason to go through the hassle of move from one host to another.

    THanks for your comment this weekend Liz
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Erik Emanuelli - November 8, 2013

Hi Enstine,
great tutorial for people who need to choose a web hosting.

I am with HostGator too, since when I started blogging and I am really satisfied with their services. I had a great help everytime I had some issues.

Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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Reginald - November 8, 2013

Hi Enstine,

Nice write up mate. HostGator been okay for me until date. Seems pretty cool and not bad at all (to be really frank).

When it comes to shared servers, make sure that you do not have bad neighbor. Having bad neighbors can REALLY kill you and your blog … if you get what I mean!

Thanks for sharing.

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    Enstine Muki - November 8, 2013

    Hi Reginald,
    Thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment. I wish you a wonder weekend bro
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    Tauseef Alam - February 11, 2014

    HI Reginald

    You’re absolutely correct, bad neighbors can kill your SEO. Although Hostgator is a good host and provide a decent up time on shared hosting but i’ve heard that they allow P*rn and illegal sites to be hosted on their servers. this is the reason i never hosted my blog with them. What do you say is that correct?

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